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ISS Announces Results of 2018 Benchmark Voting Policy Survey

ISS released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey. ISS received 602 total responses to this year’s survey, of which 129 were from institutional investors and their organizations, representing an...more

A Quick Guide to Voting Terms (Plus PDF Download)

Attend a meeting or read an organization’s rules, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of voting terms. Parliamentary procedure (e.g., the rules of Robert’s Rules and other parliamentary procedure guidebooks) helps us out...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

Investors’ Climate Change Voting Records Face Scrutiny

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies who engage with their large institutional shareholders on environmental and social issues during the 2018 proxy season should keep in mind that these investors are facing pressure from other investors on their...more

What are ISS and Glass Lewis and Why Should My Bank Care?

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined for today's episode by Kevin Strachan, an attorney in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate and Regulatory practice, to discuss proxy advisors ISS and Glass Lewis as...more

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 which provides updated guidance regarding fiduciary obligations with respect to corporate stock held by employee benefit plans that...more

Institutional Shareholder Services Changes 2017 Voting Policy Applicable to Business Development Companies

Reminder to Internally-Managed Business Development Companies Regarding Shareholder Engagement Following Say-on-Pay Vote - A. 2017 Voting Policy Change - In November 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc....more

Corporate News - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Corporate governance – 4MLD and changes to the PSC regime - Companies House recently published its business plan for 2017-18, its strategic plan for 2017-2020 and a press release with details of additional anti-money...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy...more

Proxy Season 2017: Improving the Accuracy, Reliability and Accountability of Proxy Vote Reconciliation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On January 26, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (the Protocols) concerning the improvement of the procedures used for counting proxy...more

CSA Publishes Final Proxy Voting and Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published the final form of CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (Final Protocols) for enhancing the procedures involved in the tabulation of...more

SEC/SRO Update: New Governance Focus—Director Compensation; The Time Is Now... Check Your Severance Agreements

by Blank Rome LLP on

The corporate governance focus has traditionally been on executive compensation, rather than on director compensation. Compensation Discussion and Analysis and executive compensation tables in proxy statements, say-on-pay...more

2017 Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Guidelines: Canadian Highlights

As an early step in preparing for the upcoming proxy season, issuers should familiarize themselves with the Canadian proxy voting guidelines recently published by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2016 Goes Out with a Bang

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2016 drew to an end, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kept up its pace to close out a busy year. In addition to issuing proposed rules for universal proxies, the SEC released several new Compliance &...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - January 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

by Smith Anderson on

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis), two of the leading providers of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, have published their updated proxy voting guidelines for...more

DOL Updates Guidance on Proxy Voting by Plan Fiduciaries

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) relating to the voting of proxies on securities held in employee benefit plans. IB 2016-1 withdraws the...more

New Guidance Restores 1994 ERISA Proxy Voting Interpretation

by Morgan Lewis on

The DOL bulletin also clarifies the ability to consider ESG factors in proxy voting and shareholder engagement. On December 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (IB 2016-1),...more

Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Alert: ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL), the two most influential proxy advisory firms, recently released updates to their voting policies for 2017. Both ISS and GL issued policy updates on director...more

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